John L. Patrick of Rumford was elected to his second term in the Maine Senate, representing Maine Senate District 14. As a Senator, Patrick’s focus is on the needs of working families including creating jobs that pay a living wage, lowering health care costs, improving veterans services and promoting economic opportunity through education and small business initiatives.

Prior to his time in the Maine Senate, Senator Patrick served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives from 2001-2008. He was a member of the Labor Committee and chaired the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee for his 3rd and 4th terms. Patrick was chairman of the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission from 2004-2008.  As a state representative, Patrick fought for working families, investment in roads and bridges, veteran services, and ethics reform.

A journeyman mechanic for the NewPage Paper Mill in Rumford for the last 29 years, Patrick is a former President of the United Paperworkers Union Local 900. He is a past board member of the Maine AFL-CIO, served four years as a board member of the St. Athanasius and St. John’s school, as well as three years on the MSAD 43 school board. He is also a past member of the board of the River Valley Technology Center.

Patrick is a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1248 and a member of the Rumford Lodge of Elks #862. He is a member of the Maine Snowmobile Association, Rumford Polar Bears, Webb River Valley Sportsman’s Club, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine , the Hope Association, and member of the Parish of the Holy Savior. He is also a regular volunteer for the Hope Association’s Armory Bingo.

A 1972 graduate of Mexico High School and lifelong resident of the River Valley, Patrick has been married to Claire M. Coulombe of Rumford for 32 years and has three adult children. He enjoys gardening, fishing, snowmobiling and golfing, and he is a skilled pool player.

SENATE REPUBLICANS SUSTAIN VETO OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM BILL

Three Senate Republicans flip votes after initially supporting the bill AUGUSTA—In a 20-15 vote, Senate Republicans voted to sustain Governor LePage’s veto of a bill to strengthen Maine’s campaign finance laws. Overriding a veto requires two-thirds, or 24 Senate votes. “It seems to me that increasing transparency with money and elections is a good thing,”...

Portland Press Herald: LePage’s plan for special ‘Open for Business Zones’ rejected by Senate

By Eric Russell Read more here The governor calls the vote ‘the latest attack by job-killing liberal politicians.’ AUGUSTA — The Democratic-led state Senate delivered a blow Friday to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to create “Open for Business Zones,” that, among other things, would have exempted large companies from requiring employees to pay union dues The...

LEPAGE RIGHT TO WORK PROPOSAL DEFEATED IN SENATE

AUGUSTA—In a 22-13 vote, the Senate defeated Governor LePage’s proposal to make Maine a so-called right to work state. “This is politically motivated corporate welfare,” said Democratic Senator John Patrick of Rumford, the Senate Chair of the Labor Committee. “Maine families are struggling to make ends meet, and the only thing Governor LePage has to...

Sun Journal: Senate deals quick death to LePage bill to turn state agency into campaign lie detector

By Mario Moretto Read more here. AUGUSTA — “The truthiness bill.” “The lie-detector law.” “The truth-squad bill.” In hallway conversations, Democrats have come up with many names for Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would make the state Ethics Commission investigate claims that candidates for state office had lied on the campaign trail. But it was...

LEPAGE’S CAMPAIGN “LIE DETECTOR” BILL REJECTED BY SENATE

Ethics Commission isn’t referee for campaign squabbles   AUGUSTA—Today the Senate unanimously rejected a proposal by Governor Paul LePage to force the Maine Ethics Commission to act as referee between political campaigns and candidates. “The Maine Ethics Commission isn’t a lie detector test,” said Senator John Patrick of Rumford. “They are tasked with ensuring candidates...

Bangor Daily News: Senate Democrats flip the script on Republicans with bill banning welfare spending on tobacco, liquor, lottery

By Mario Moretto Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — A surreal reversal in the Maine Senate on Monday saw majority Democrats advance a bill to ban the use of welfare dollars for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, gambling and bail, while Republicans voted against the clampdown — despite having originally supported it. The move by Democrats,...

SENATE DEMS SUPPORT BAN ON TOBACCO, BOOZE, AND BAIL WITH TANF DOLLARS

GOP take “my way or the highway” approach and reject compromise AUGUSTA—In a 20-15 vote, the Senate approved a bill to protect assistance for struggling families byprohibiting the use of TANF money for tobacco products, liquor products, gambling activities, lotteries, and bail, and prohibiting retailers and vendors from accepting TANF benefits to purchase these products....

LAKE PROTECTION BILL RECEIVES UNANIMOUS SENATE APPROVAL

AUGUSTA—In a 35-0 vote, the Senate gave initial approval to a measure to protect Maine’s lakes. “Ensuring our lakes are protected is vital for our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Jim Boyle of Gorham, the Senate Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “We must preserve our lakes not only for...

Blue Mau Mau: Maine Senate Kills Franchise Protection Bill

By Don Sniegowski Read more here. AUGUSTA, Maine – On Wednesday Maine’s state senate voted against Legislative Document 1458, the Small Business Investment Protection Act. In a vote of 24 against and only 10 supporting, the senators essentially killed the current form of the bill. Franchise owners in Maine have complained that their businesses are being...

Bangor Daily News: Lawmakers grill embattled workers compensation chief at Labor Committee hearing

By Mario Moretto Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — The executive director of the state’s Workers Compensation Board, who has come under fire for reassigning a hearings officer at the behest of a paper mill that didn’t like his decisions, defended himself from criticism during a Labor Committee hearing on Wednesday. Paul Sighinolfi was appointed to the...

Portland Press Herald: Maine’s workers comp chief says media, politics created controversy

By Steve Mistler Read more here At a hearing marked by claims of election-year maneuvering, he denies having a pro-business bias in removing a hearing officer after a complaint. AUGUSTA — The director of the Maine Workers Compensation Board blamed the media and politics Wednesday for the controversy surrounding his decision to remove an injury...

TOP WORKERS’ COMP OFFICER REAFFIRMS PERCEPTION PROBLEM

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